Intel becomes a 22nm foundry -- no, not for NVIDIA.

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | March 25, 2012 - 08:42 PM |
Tagged: TSMC, nvidia, Intel

NVIDIA would like Intel to be their fab partner for ARM processors. Turns out NVIDIA-produced ARM products are not tempting to Intel.

Last month we reported that Intel would open up their fabrication plants to contracts from other companies. We stated that the world would likely end if Intel were to ever produce products from NVIDIA. It turns out that the world is safe.

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Turn out the lights, pretend we’re not home.

Intel is far and away the most advanced semiconductor fabricators in the world and many companies would love to have their components created in their factories. Intel is very aware of how sophisticated their technique is relative to their competitors and exercises that advantage.

NVIDIA currently fabricates their chips at TSMC. That partnership has proven to be slightly problematic to NVIDIA’s business goals. Their Kepler launch turned out to not be nearly as soft of a launch as was proposed by SemiAccurate -- but that is to be expected from a website by that name (especially with NVIDIA news).

Perhaps you were a little too greedy in requesting that Intel manufacture your ARM processors, NVIDIA? Maybe you should test the waters with a discrete GPU order or, you know, some other market that Intel does not compete in try as they might.

Even still, there was a rumor going around when Intel partnered with AMD for hardware-accelerated physics support. It does not seem like Intel really want to be friends. Plenty of fish in the sea, though.

Source: Forbes

Catcher Technology Kindles the new Fire in the Amazon...

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | March 25, 2012 - 06:55 PM |
Tagged: kindle fire, amazon

Taiwanese-based machining company, Catcher Technology, is rumored to start producing an order of chassis for the new Kindle Fire.

Amazon has thus far been very successful at gaining public awareness about their tablet devices. Apple still holds the dominant position in the tablet market although Amazon seems to be comfortably secure where they are. Sales of the original Kindle Fire were somewhere north of 5.5 million units.

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Like Sandra Bullock -- start with a Fire on the Amazon, add Speed and get really big.

Despite hefty sales of their first product, the Fire was based on the Blackberry Playbook design to saturate the market for Christmas and was not what Amazon originally intended.

Rumors have suggested that the new Kindle would include a 10-inch screen and have higher performance. ZDNet recently questioned the value of a larger and higher performance model. ZDNet attributes the success of the Kindle Fire to its cheap price point and argues that $200 is the impulse buy point.

Unfortunately, although strong rumors claim that Catcher Technology will develop the chassis -- the rumors appear to say nothing about what size they will be.

But hey, at least Catcher will have new CNC machines to play around with.

Source: Digitimes

It could have been the start of the Easter Long Weekend today

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2012 - 07:04 PM |
Tagged: friday, Pelly Angry!

They say that you know good art when you see it, for beauty is in the eye of the beholder ... and airflow is important in this case.  Others have abandoned the ridiculously poor thermal conductivity of air for the superior ability of water to move heat.  From the basics of setting up a watercooled system to an experienced member upgrading the watercooling in their system, if you have hot questions you are just burning to ask, head to the Cases'n'Cooling Forum for a deluge of answers. 

The Video Card Forum has been quite busy this week, trying to keep up with the large number of leaks that NVIDIA seems to have sprung this week (we believe in NDAs at PC Perspective), which cumulated in the release of the GTX 680 yesterday.  Are you headed out to buy one right now or are you saving up for another pair of monitors first?  Once you do finish the upgrade why not see if the extra peripheral vision will help you frag fellow Frogs on gaming night

If that is not your cuppa, then you could always join The Lightning Round to weigh in on your feelings about the Republican Primaries in the US or whatever other political or social topic you would like to have a debate about ... except the NDP Leadership race in Canada, after all you don't want to bore people.  On the other hand if you prefer to watch other people talk and debate then catch the latest episode of the PC Perspective Podcast available here and coming to a movie theatre near you.

Can't wait for Diablo III? You can get a D3 mouse to tide you over.

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2012 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: input, diablo iii, steelseries, gaming mouse

SteelSeries has released a Diablo III branded mouse for those who are anticipating the upcoming launch of the third instalment of the most popular click-fest on the planet.  That explains the Omron switches under the buttons which are rated for a 10 million click lifespan.  You do have to pay a little more, but if you really want to get into the spirit of Diablo III then check out the review at XSReviews.

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"Diablo III is one of the most hotly anticipated titles of 2012, so it’s no surprise that bigger peripheral makers are jumping on board with their branded products. Today I’m taking a look at the Diablo III gaming mouse. It’s sleek, has a massive sensitivity and should mean I get to spend a few days “testing” it by playing a load of games."

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Source: XSReviews

Podcast #194 - GTX 680 Leaks, Ivy Bridge Rumors, a Water Cooled Laptop and more!!

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2012 - 07:07 PM |
Tagged: podcast, nvidia, Ivy Bridge, Intel, gtx 680

PC Perspective Podcast #194 - 03/22/2012

Join us this week as we talk about our GTX 680 Leaks, Ivy Bridge Rumors, a Water Cooled Laptop and more!!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

  • iTunes - Subscribe to the podcast directly through the iTunes Store
  • RSS - Subscribe through your regular RSS reader
  • MP3 - Direct download link to the MP3 file

Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malvantano

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!

Program length: 59:55

Program Schedule: 

  1. Introduction
  2. 1-888-38-PCPER or podcast@pcper.com
  3. http://pcper.com/podcast
  4. http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
  5. UPDATE: NCAA 2012: PC Perspective Bracket Competition!!
  6. SXSW Trade Show 2012
  7. Cerwin-Vega! XD3 Powered Desktop Speaker Review
  8. More solid information on Ivy Bridge's launch dates
    1. Intel Ivy Bridge Processors To Launch March 23 2012
  9. Google Rumored To Release $199 Nexus Tablet
  10. Seagate Achieves 1 Terabit Per Square Inch Storage Density
  11. Asetek Demonstrates Liquid Cooling For Laptop And All-In-One PCs
  12. PC-exclusive Sim City engine demoed. The peasants approve.
  13. Psst ... Hey buddy. Ya wanna see the GTX 680 under my jacket?
    1. ... and here's Newegg with a GTX 680 leak
  14. Anyone want a GTX580 for $360? (Counting MIR)
  15. Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
    1. Ryan: A GTX 680 before it launches!!
    2. Jeremy: If you have RAMBUS still, you have a problem!  and Wing Commander Saga, out for free tomorrow!  
    3. Josh: Oldy but goody
    4. Allyn: Samsung 830 - 128GB for $150 on Newegg
  16. 1-888-38-PCPER or podcast@pcper.com
  17. http://pcper.com/podcast   
  18. http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
  19. Closing

Snooping through Haswell's graphics code

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2012 - 01:44 PM |
Tagged: valleyview, shark bay, PowerVR, Ivy Bridge, haswell GT3, haswell, atom

Phoronix has been investigating the open source driver code which was recently released, designed to power Intel's Haswell chips.  The news is not as good as some had hoped; there were rumours that a Gen8 Haswell GT3 IGP would appear in Haswell but according to the hardware IDs that were found in the code that is not going to be true.  Instead you are looking at refined Gen7 Haswell GT1 and GT2 IGPs and so will be an improvement over Ivy Bridge but not a completely new chip.  Check out the rest of the secrets revealed by the code here.

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"While Intel's Ivy Bridge launch is imminent, and I'm still digging through information concerning today's Intel Valleyview code drop that brings Ivy Bridge graphics to their next-generation Atom as they do away with PowerVR graphics for their SoCs, more graphics driver code to enable Haswell support has landed this evening."

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Source: Phoronix

Antec Releases 1000 Watt Platinum Pro Power Supply

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2012 - 11:40 PM |
Tagged: PSU, power supply, antec, 80 Plus Platinum

Popular case and power supply manufacturer Antec recently released a new PSU, or Power Supply Unit, that represents the first 1,000 watt PSU to be certified by 80+ for Platinum efficiency. The new Antec High Current Pro 1000 Platinum is rated to deliver 1000 watts of power, features four +12 volt rails at 40 A per rail, and a modular cable design.

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The PSU uses Japanese capacitors to deliver 40 A of DC output with low ripple and noise. In addition, it uses a modular cable design with dark colored cables to aid in cable management. Currently the PSU supports the following connectors.

  • 1 x 20+4 Pin ATX
  • 1 x 8 Pin 12V EPS
  • 6 x 6+2 Pin PCI-E
  • 9 x SATA
  • 6 x Molex
  • 1 x Floppy
  • 1 x 4+4 Pin ATX/EPS

With regards to the 80 Plus (80+) Platinum rating, the new Antec PSU means that it is capable of delivering a minimum efficiency of 89 % at 20 to 100 percent load. At it's best, the PSU can run as efficiently as 94%. Global Marketing Director at Antec Mafalda Cogliani stated that "we designed a highly versatile, practical cabling to maximize cable management options and pushed High Current Pro to Platinum-certified efficiency to create a PSU package unrivaled by competitors at this wattage class."

Output Rating +3.3V +5V +12V(1) +12V(2) +12V(3) +12V(4) -12V +5Vsb
Min 0A 0A 0A 0A 0A 0A 0A 0A
Max 25A 25A 40A 40A 40A 40A 0.5A 3A
                 

Antec's High Current Pro Platinum is now on sale at Newegg, NCIX.com, and several other major retailers in the United States and Canada. Europe will be getting the HCP-1000 Platinum on April 9th. The power supply carries an MSRP of $269.95, and features a seven year warranty. More information is available on this product page.

Source: Antec

... and here's Newegg with a GTX 680 leak

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | March 21, 2012 - 09:51 PM |
Tagged: pelly wants revenge, nvidia, leak, gtx 680, fermi, 28nm

Not to be outdone by NCIX, NewEgg also managed to jump the gun on the GTX 680 earlier today. The screengrab that was sent tp Bright Side of News shows their pricing of the soon to be released GTX 680 with models ranging from $500 to $535.  The specs are there for all to see, a GPU running at 1.006GHz, Shader clock of 2.012GHz, effective memory of 6.008GHz and 1536 Stream Processors.  Contrast that with the last GTX 580 that Josh reviewed which had a 782 MHz core, 1.564GHz shader, memory at 4.008GHz and 512 SPs and you can see it is a big step up!

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If you visit NewEgg now you will be greeted with a different result, a page describing the GTX 680's various features and a Buy Now button which unfortunately doesn't work at this moment.  That is a situtation which obviously cannot last as NewEgg would not have put it up.  Of course the realization that you can pick up a pair of GTX 570's for the same price might just mean some recalculations will be in order once we see the performance of the actual card.

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Wing Commander Saga; a rebuild by fans for fans

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2012 - 04:04 PM |
Tagged: gaming, wing commander, mod

There is some incredible news for those of you who have purchased old Wing Commander games from GOG, as well as those of you who've though about it but prefer the memories of the game they've already formed.  A group of modders has taken the engine behind FreeSpace 2 and created Wing Commander Saga, which spans a time period from just before the beginning of Wing Commander 3 and takes you through to the end of the Terran-Kilrathi War.  On top of the vastly improved graphics and features like autopilot are dozens of cinematics throughout the game, thousands of lines of original dialog and large scale fleet battles.  Do not despair if this is the first you are hearing about it for the release date is tomorrow!   Check out Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn here.

"Any old-school PC gamer worth his salt has spent some time dogfighting in space in Wing Commander, or at least is familiar with the series that first took flight in 1990. Heck, even Mark Hamill (better known as Luke Skywalker) lent his voice acting talents to the third installment, Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. If you have fond memories of flying through space in the 1990s, you'll be happy to know that fans of the franchise are nearly finished with a massive followup."

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Source: MaximumPC

Good things come in interesting packages; IBM's new chip substrate

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2012 - 01:14 PM |
Tagged: IBM, power 7+, interposer, packaging

In the typically bass ackwards way of technology, an interposer actually acts as an interface for electrical signals to be routed or spread as opposed to something which acts as a barrier between two objectsToday SemiAccurate's camera caught a picture of an engineering sample of IBM's Power 7+ chip which, according to them, represents a huge step forward in a direction only IBM is going in.  That interposer allows a huge amount of bandwidth between the four cores on the larger chip below, without specifications it is hard to say how much but it is quite possibly be more effective than either Intel or AMD's current solutions.  As SemiAccurate points out, the interposer is just begging to be filled with cache memory.

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"Every once in a while, a company will do something really unexpected, like IBM’s laying down the law in packaging last week. Yes, they showed off a chip, two actually, that does things no one else is even talking about doing."

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Source: SemiAccurate